Sorghum - Bargrazer


  • Good quality grazing
  • Ideal for making hay
  • Excellent to use as silage
  • Widely addapted
  • Positive reaction to N application
    • Standard forage sorghum
    • Needs seasonal rainfall of 500 mm +
    • Good quality grazing (cows can start graze at 75-90 cm, sheep at 50cm)
    • Ideal for making hay – cut before stems get to thick
    • Excellent to use as silage where maize production is limited
    • Plant October to December – soil temperature must be16 degrees C and rising
    • 3 to 4 cuts are possible if done at 75-90 cm
    • Widely addapted – does well ons sandy-, loam-, and clay soils
    • Does not tolerate waterlogging
    • Positive reaction to N application
    • Do not graze when plants show signs of wilting
    • Sowing rates:
      Dry land: 12.5 - 18kg/ha
      Irrigation: 20 - 25kg/ ha


    General Comments

    • Best planting time when soil temperatures rises above 16°C
    • Planting dept: 20 – 40mm
    • Roll the area after seeding/planting – this ensures good seed and soil contact
    • Fertilize according to soil analysis
    • First graze/cut when plants reaches a height of 750 – 1000mm
    • Graze down to a height no less than 200-250mm
    • Take Prussic acid precautions when forage sorghums is grazed
    • Forage sorghum is not suitable for horses
    Annual Summer Grass

    Cool-season grasses produce ample forage in the spring and fall, but high temperatures and short-term drought stress often limit growth during the summer months. Therefore, there is a need for additional grazing, hay or green-chop during midsummer